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Power & Powerlessness in Jewish History
     

Power & Powerlessness in Jewish History

by David Biale
 

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To shed light on the tensions he observed between Jewish perceptions of power versus political realitieswhich "are often the cause of misguided political decisions," like Israel's Lebanese WarBiale analyzes Jewish history from the point of view of politics and power.

The author of Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter-History here challenges the conventions of

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To shed light on the tensions he observed between Jewish perceptions of power versus political realitieswhich "are often the cause of misguided political decisions," like Israel's Lebanese WarBiale analyzes Jewish history from the point of view of politics and power.

The author of Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter-History here challenges the conventions of what he terms the Jewish "mythical past": the anachronistic interpretation that the Diaspora, which occurred between the fall of an independent Jewish commonwealth in A.D. 70 and the rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948, was politically impotent, and, conversely, that the First and Second Temple periods were eras of full Jewish national sovereignty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307772534
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/22/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
343 KB

Meet the Author

David Biale is the Koret Associate Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He won the JWB National Jewish Book Award in 1980 for his previous book, Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter-History.

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